Report: Blackhawks To Sign Blake Hillman

It’s a good week to be a former sixth round draft pick by the Blackhawks.

On Sunday the Hawks signed forward Dylan Sikura, a sixth round pitck (#178) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

On Monday, Chicago formally announced the signing of defenseman Joni Tuulola, who was a sixth round pick (#181) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

And reports late on Monday are that Denver defenseman Blake Hillman, a sixth round pick (#173) in the 2016 NHL Draft, will opt to forego his senior season and sign an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks.

Scott Powers at The Athletic had the news first.

Hillman, 22, is a left-handed shot who developed into a key member of Denver’s national championship team last year. His junior season ended Sunday after he registered 12 points and 52 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Pioneers. Hillman is listed at 6-1 and 184 pounds.

9 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks To Sign Blake Hillman

  • March 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Building for the future!! Nice ?

  • March 27, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Good news-we have a lot of offense first prospects, this guys seems to be responsible first and his confidence with the puck is growing. Good hockey name for us older guys.

  • March 27, 2018 at 8:54 am

    As I recall after Prospect Camp… Q seemed Super impressed by Hillman…

    Maybe best D Prospect in camp drills with Gap control/and not getting beat (in Defensive drills)…

    Mitchell- imo- was most impressive with Puck on stick /O side.

    As I recall- Joker and Gilbert – were turn-styled a few times… (Gilbert did crush a few guys -too)

  • March 27, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Good to get these guys on contracts for next year and be exempt for expansion draft, if they develop into good nhl players. Sikura was different had to do what had to be done.

  • March 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Hopefully I’m wrong but Hillman seemed like just “a guy”. Still young enough to get better I suppose, but so far meh. At least he’s a lefty.

  • March 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Good to see. Hopefully he develops into an NHL contributor.

  • March 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Just heard — Berube waived???

    Anybody confirm???

    if true… may be UFA goalie signing soon???

  • March 27, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Check our latest post. Yes, Berube is on waivers. Glass was also named the team’s Masterton nominee for this year. Probably a swap of the 2 coming soon.

  • March 27, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Agree Tab likely Glass coming up or if not Delia from Rockford.

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